Friday, May 31, 2013


Good news for soap fans.  Days of our Lives” has equaled its biggest women 18-49 audience in 18 months and set an 11-week high in total viewers, according to “live plus same day” viewing figures for the week of May 20-24 from Nielsen Media Research.

For the week, "Days of our Lives" averaged a 1.0 rating, 6 share among women 18-49 and a 0.6 rating among women 18-34, tying it for #4 among network daytime series in the women 18-49 demographic and tying it for #3 in the women 18-34 race.

"Days" equaled its biggest women 18-49 audience (634,000) since the week of November 21-25, 2011 (703,000). "Days" also averaged 634,000 women 18-49 during the week of January 14-19, 2013. In total viewers, "Days'" 2.513 million persons for the week was the show's biggest overall audience since the week of March 4-8 (2.563 million).

For the week versus the same week last year, "Days of our Lives" was up 14 percent in the women 18-34 race (200,000 vs. 175,000), up 32 percent in the women 18-49 demographic (634,000 vs. 480,000), up 34 percent in the women 25-54 race (788,000 vs. 590,000) and up 10 percent in total viewers (2.513 million vs. 2.294 million).

For the second quarter to date, "Days of our Lives" is up 3 percent in the women 18-49 category (632,000 vs. 611,000), up 8 percent in the women 25-54 demo (807,000 vs. 748,000) and up 3 percent in total viewers (2.6 million vs. 2.5 million).

Season to date, "Days of our Lives" is tied for #4 in the women 18-49 category and tied for #3 in the women 18-34 demo. Season to date, “Days” is up 2 percent in total viewers (2.7 million vs. 2.6 million).

Ratings reflect “live plus same day” data from Nielsen Media Research unless otherwise noted. Season-to-date figures are averages of “live plus seven day” data except for the two most recent weeks, which are “live plus same day.”

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Usher and Blake Shelton perform "Home" during "Healing in the Heartland: A Benefit Concert".

Here's a photo from Wednesday night's concert of rock and country greats who got together to money for the victims of the May 20 tornado
 that took the lives of 24 people in Oklahoma.  Called the "Healing in the Heartland"
 telethon, it was organized by Blake Shelton (right), pictured here with Usher (left).


Following a grueling round of auditions and an intense lamb challenge, the MASTERCHEF Season Four Top Finalists are Krissi Biasiello, Jonny Blanchard, Lynn Chyi, Natasha Crnjac, Bime Cruz, Sasha Foxx, Malcolm Green, Adriana Guillen, Eddie Jackson, Beth Kirby, Bri Kozior, Jessie Lysiak, Luca Manfe, James Nelson, Kathy Prieto, Jordan Roots, Bethy Rossos, Howard Simpson and Savannah Sturgess. The Top Finalists announcement was made tonight by the MASTERCHEF judges – award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot.

The competition continues next Wednesday, June 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, as the Top Finalists compete in their first team challenge and face their pickiest judges yet: kids. The finalists visit a local elementary school and are tasked to create a healthy, balanced meal for more than 300 schoolchildren. Then, judge Ramsay cooks alongside the home cooks and prepares a dish using mystery box ingredients. At the end of the episode, two of the finalists will be eliminated.

Below are the Top Finalists and the lamb dish that earned them a spot in the MASTERCHEF kitchen:

Krissi Biasiello                              Age: 34          
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA         Occupation: Paralegal

Twitter: @MC4Krissi    

Lamb Dish: Shepherd’s Pie with Greek Salad

Jonny Blanchard                           Age: 28       
Hometown: Marlboro, MA              Occupation: Carpenter

Twitter: @MC4Jonny   

Lamb Dish: Lamb Ragoons and Tataki Slaw

Lynn Chyi                                     Age: 27
Hometown: San Diego, CA           Occupation: IT Systems Administrator
Twitter: @MC4Lynn

Lamb Dish: Lamb Loin, Pea Puree, Pea and Tomato Salad and Pickled Red Onion

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Natasha Crnjac                              Age: 26       
Hometown: San Diego, CA            Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom  

Twitter: @MC4Natasha

Lamb Dish: Lamb Brain Tortellini with Saffron Emulsion and Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

Bime Cruz                                      Age: 35
Hometown: Taunton, MA                Occupation: Boxing Coach  

Twitter: @MC4Bime    

Lamb Dish: Lamb Meatballs Fettuccine Alfredo with Grilled Asparagus

Sasha Foxx                                    Age: 42      
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, AL            Occupation: Singer


Lamb Dish: Lamb Chili with Jalapeño Corn Bread

Malcolm Green                                Age: 27
Hometown: Cambridge, MA             Occupation: Unemployed

Twitter: @MC4Malcolm

Lamb Dish: Lamb Sampler, including Rib, Sausage and Loin

Adriana Guillen                               Age: 26     
Hometown: New York, NY               Occupation: College Admissions Rep.

Twitter: @MC4Adriana

Lamb Dish: Spicy Lamb Shank with Apricot Israeli Couscous

Eddie Jackson                                Age: 32     
Hometown: Americus, GA               Occupation: Personal Trainer/
                                                                          Former Pro Football Player  

Twitter: @MC4Eddie    

Lamb Dish: Lamb Chowder and Simple Greens

Beth Kirby                                       Age: 29     
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN           Occupation: Writer/Photographer  

Twitter: @MC4BethK

Lamb Dish: Lavender Hay Roasted Saddle, Fried Sweetbreads and Celeric Purée

Bri Kozior                                       Age: 22     
Hometown: Doylestown, PA            Occupation: Theatre Assistant

Twitter: @MC4Bri

Lamb Dish: Four Seasons Lamb

Jessie Lysiak                                  Age: 27     
Hometown: Social Circle, GA           Occupation: Yacht Stewardess   

Twitter: @MC4Jessie

Lamb Dish: Lamb Saddle with Chorizo, Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash

Luca Manfe                                     Age: 31     
Hometown: Astoria, NY                   Occupation: Restaurant Manager

Twitter: @MC4Luca   

Lamb Dish: Loin and Sweetbread Roulade with Eggplant, Two Ways 

James Nelson                                 Age: 26     
Hometown: Victoria, TX                   Occupation: Retail Sales

Twitter: @MC4JamesN 

Lamb Dish: Lamb Vindaloo and Raita

Kathy Prieto                                    Age: 29     
Hometown: Bronx, NY                     Occupation: Office Assistant

Twitter: @MC4Kathy   

Lamb Dish: Stuffed Lamb Chops with Baby Carrots and Mash


Jordan Roots                                  Age: 29
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN           Occupation: Delivery Driver

Twitter: @MC4Jordan

Lamb Dish: Brains Ball and Potato Pear Gratin with Wild Mushroom Beer Sauce

Bethy Rossos                                  Age: 28
Hometown: Estacada, OR               Occupation: High School P.E. Teacher

Twitter: @MC4Bethy

Lamb Dish: Lamb Osso Bucco, Parsnip and Cauliflower Purée, Beets and Gruyère Popover

Howard Simpson                            Age: 26     
Hometown: San Diego, CA             Occupation: Barback 

Twitter: @MC4Howard

Lamb Dish: Lamb Frittata with Cranberry Lime Relish

Savannah Sturgess                         Age: 27     
Hometown: San Diego, CA             Occupation: Special Ed. Teacher

Twitter: @MC4Savannah

Lamb Dish: Lamb Loin Chop with Saffron Risotto and Artichoke Tomato Salad

Later this season, the finalists will prepare a hearty meal for American heroes, travel to Las Vegas for the first time in MASTERCHEF history, cook for the cast and crew of GLEE, prepare beach-friendly fish tacos for 101 surfers, take command of a renowned fine dining restaurant and create a summer party menu for charity volunteers. As the competition intensifies, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted title of MASTERCHEF, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

MASTERCHEF is produced by Shine America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Shine. Shine International handles distribution for the MASTERCHEF format. Elisabeth Murdoch, Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin, Robin Ashbrook, Gordon Ramsay, Adeline Ramage Rooney, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers.